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UGC Monday received clearance from home ministry to mandatorily conduct final-year college and university exams, an order that at once triggered a controversy.
Students and parents have severely criticised UGC’s decision, saying the commission is ‘playing with students’ lives’. They have demanded cancellation of the final-year exams.
MHA order says the final exams are to be compulsorily conducted according to UGC guidelines. UGC said it is upto colleges to decide how they want to conduct the exams.
UGC has approached its expert committee, asking it to rethink the idea of holding exams in July and come up with an alternative solution.
Study says India should adopt Eligibility Enrollment Ratio instead of Gross Enrollment Ratio, stressing that the former is ‘more realistic projection of college enrollment numbers’.
The paper has been authored by Anil Kumar and Rupali Roy, both staff of the ministry’s DGHS, who published it in a journal flagged as a predatory one by the UGC.
A UGC circular has instructed all colleges and universities to get their faculty and students to download the ‘Ayush Sanjivani’ app.
The UGC has approved simultaneous dual degrees for students but one has to be through the regular mode and the other has to be through online distance learning.
In a report to the UGC, the expert panel has suggested that colleges should develop a foolproof plan and follow social distancing norms after they re-open to curb spread of Covid-19.
UGC secretary Rajnish Jain said guidelines for universities and colleges will soon be issued but everything will depend on the local Covid-19 situation.